Arthur and the Witch

Author: Johanne Mercier
Illustrator: Clare Elsom
Translator: Daniel Hahn

Age: 5-8
RRP: £4.99
ISBN: 9781907912207
Publication Date: 19-09-2013
Format: Pb, 198mm x 192mm x 4mm
Extent: 48 pages

I'm Arthur and I'm seven.

I’m Arthur and I’m seven, and the other day at Picket Lake, I found the best thing ever: a secret hoard of blueberries! I picked millions of them as a surprise for Grandma. I ate quite a few of them too. If only I had known how angry this would make the Witch of Picket Lake. To make matters worse, Cousin Eugene had a plan...

About the series

Arthur is a seven-year-old boy who is brilliant at being a seven-year-old-boy. When Arthur visits his grandparents’ house by the lake, more often than not, he becomes entangled in a new adventure, which he must solve with the help of his pet duck and useless dog – and hopefully without too much help from eccentric Cousin Eugene. These are witty stories full of understated humour and populated by quirky yet recognisable characters, and narrated by Arthur who has the rational worldview that comes exclusively from being seven-years-old.



Series reviews:

A great little series for newly independent readers. Short and simple, yet engaging and fun, this is a perfect series for children to try to attempt on their own. The illustrations help break the text and help set the humorous atmosphere.   Arthur is a loveable and quirky character who will appeal to both boys and girls.

Library Mice

Mercier’s warm and reassuring series about a boy who’s brilliant at, well, being a little boy of seven who loves his family and sharing his adventures is proving a popular choice for early readers. Full of understated humour which is so appealing to growing boys, Arthur narrates his own stories and brings the straightforward, rational world view that comes from being only seven. With bold, lovable characters and stories to enchant and entertain, all brought to life by Clare Elsom’s quirky illustrations, the witty, wonderful adventures of Arthur and his merry ménage are set to run a lot longer than Arthur’s mad dash from the wild Witch of Picket Lake!

Lancashire Evening Post

Amusing, easy to follow adventures, these are very age-appropriate, reader-friendly books… a very good series for the target age group.

The School Librarian

Reviews of Arthur and the Witch:
In Arthur and the Witch our young hero upsets the witch of Picket Lake by picking blueberries. Perfect for new readers, these stories, narrated by Arthur himself, are perfectly pitched so young readers will readily identify with Arthur, a likeable character.
Parents in Touch
Arthur and the Witch is book five of a great little series for newly independent readers which comes from Québec. Arthur and the Witch is perfect for Halloween, touching on the scary witch theme but remaining light and fun throughout.

Library Mice


About the Author, Illustrator and Translator

Johanne Mercier is the author of a number of very successful books for children, both novels and picture books as well as the Arthur series. She lives in Quebec.

Daniel Hahn is an award-winning writer, researcher and translator and editor of The Ultimate Book Guide, The Ultimate First Book Guide and The Ultimate Teen Book Guide. His translations include Brazilian footballer Pelé's autobiography and Angolan writer José Eduardo Agalusa's The Book of Chameleons, winner of the 2007 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and Happiness is a Watermelon on Your Head, also published by Phoenix Yard Books. He is assistant editor of The Oxford Companion to English Literature and currently compiling a new Oxford Companion to Children's Literature.

Clare Elsom grew up in Oxford. She's always loved drawing and took a degree in illustration at University College Falmouth. She now works full time as an illustrator, and particularly enjoyed drawing Arthur. 'Drawing him came very naturally to me', she says, 'It's almost like he was already in my head, waiting for me to read the story and bring his image to life. I'm also slightly envious of his pet duck. Well, who wouldn't want a pet duck?!'

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